Circular Cosmetic Box with a Swivel Lid, Wood

Circular Cosmetic Box with a Swivel Lid

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18, early
reign of Thutmose II–Early Joint reign
ca. 1492–1473 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Hatnefer and Ramose (below TT 71), coffin III, MMA excavations, 1935–36
Overall box: h. 5 cm ( 1 15/16 in.); W. (with tabs) 12.2 cm (4 13/16 in.); Greatest diam. 11 cm (4 5/16 in.); Diam. of base 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.)
Lid: Th. 0.4 cm (3/16 in.); Diam. 9.6 cm (3 3/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
This box has a swivel top incised with a decorative pattern of concentric and overlapping circles that must have been made with an early version of a drawing compass. The inside of the box was incised with a simple rosette design. The box was found inside a coffin discovered in the tomb of Hatnefer. Other objects in the Museum's collection that were found in the same coffin include: a bowl and two dishes of faience (36.3.9–.10); two mirrors; and five amulets (36.3.20–.24).

A similar box from the same period, but made of ivory, is also in the Museum's collection.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.

Wicke, Dirk 2008. Vorderasiatische Pyxiden der Spätbronzezeit und der Früheisenzeit, Alter Orient und Altes Testament, 45. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag, no. Theb.2, p. 351, pl. 32b.